Not able to add a lot of pieces to your winter wardrobe? Put your money on a great-looking coat.
Break away from the basic black tailored coat and go with one that will make a bright statement on winter's dreariest days.
This season's coats are colorful, rich in detail and texture, and ready to slide easily over everything in your closet.
From wool boucle to faux fur and hefty stretch fabrics, coats can make the difference between an average outfit and an awesome one.
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A red coat is festive, regardless of the season. A white coat is elegant regardless of style. But if black is still your preference, make sure it has a detail that makes it special — a ruffled lapel, a belted back or showy buttons.
At Lucinda's clothing and accessories store in Old Town Square, owner Valerie Reimers says a wide selection makes this a good year to go coat shopping. Lucinda's is selling a lot of vintage and retro looks, said one of her staff members, Deniece Ross.
"Bows and ruffles and three-quarter-length sleeves are popular," she said, noting that one style of coat made with a sweatshirt-type fabric has been especially popular. "We also are having lots of fun adding scarves and hats sets."
If you're a Santa stumped for a gift, consider a coat. Because, baby, it's cold outside.